Why are lighter skinned women seen as more beautiful & feminine than dark skinned women?
It is due to racism when this is believed/done. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if the beholder is biased or racist they assume that only lighter skinned women are more beautiful and feminine. To that, I would say they need to get out more often and engage themselves in this world. It is sad that this idea still persists but as demographics continue to change, perhaps this idea will fade more quickly. It's particularly sad when people of the same racial backgrounds show colorism/racism against those who are part of that very background. A lot of people on the outside looking in have no clue this even exists however, it does.
Seen by whom? You could start by asking them. Conceptions of sexual and aesthetic beauty vary among people and cultures, and are often just different expressions of the same value. For example, the love of creamy light skin and the love of chocolatey dark skin share a common value in the appearance of smooth, pristine flawlessness, which is embodied in the best examples of each.
There's a lot of quazi-political hubbub going around about what "society thinks," but it seems most of it is based in the content of drugstore gossip magazines and the like, which are constructed to appeal to the lowest common denominator to make money, and aren't truly representative of what is most valued by the influential members of a society, let alone representative of what is truly valuable. I think we should be careful not to take those things too seriously.
The prevailing standards and expectations are Euro-centric. The search for lighter skin and better hair is a multibillion dollar Grail quest that nobody benefitting from the status quo wants to see end any time soon.
yes, i agree that lighter skinned women are prettier than darker because they look elegant
My first thought is that it would depend on what country you ask that question. The answer would be the same as why red apples are more popular than yellow apples. Simple because there are more of them.
by ngureco 11 months ago
I think everyone has there own preferences, You would think people prefer dark skin that's why they are out in the sun and at the tanning beds Always striving to look better, but not striving to be better people.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago
What makes the lighter skinned woman a status symbol, the ultimate symbol of socioeconomicsuccess, and the prototype of beauty to darker skinned men?
by Bellz23 13 months ago
Why do some dark skinned men only date light skin women?I'm a young lady and I consider my self brown skinned, but in the winters I get very light. I always find it intriguing when I'm approached by a dark skinned male who only dates lighter skin women, not only does he exclusively date the lighter...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago
Please, THIS Is Totally Getting- T-I-R-E-D!We Black women, especially those of us on the darker side of the color spectrum, have heard this inane remark repeatedly. In the documentary DARK GIRLS, women discuss how their darker complexions negatively impacted on them. One of...
by SilentMagenta 3 years ago
Why is dark complexion considered uglier than lighter?In almost every minority the term "to dark" is considered an insult. Why?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago
there is still the premise that lighter is better and more acceptable in American society. Lighter complected women whether Caucasian, Latina, Asian, or African-American are considered to be more beautiful than those with more ethnic features. This beauty obsession with lightness results in...
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